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Old 12-06-2013, 10:24 AM   #51
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Been going camping or to camp since I was 5 so the packing and unpacking has improved over the years. Now no kids or should I say sometimes grand kids, but setting up has become a routine that cordless drills and other improvements helped speed things up and make things easier. All in all even with the grand kids it isn't bad and handing one of them the drill while I do something else helps and they think it's a game.

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Old 12-06-2013, 11:57 AM   #52
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Originally Posted by Denny and Suni View Post
i'm working on another mod. I bought wireless camera and mirror mounted monitor for rear view camera setup.

Since trailer is fiberglass and wireless camera is suppose to have 160ft range it should work good. My cost so far $60.00.
Let us know how it works and what unit you purchased. I have bought 2 different ones, the first wouldn't handle the range the second I can't get enough brightness on the monitor screen but have not given up on it yet.

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Old 01-11-2014, 10:35 AM   #53
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We tent camped when our son was younger, moved up to a pop up a few years ago and just bought our first TT. When we bought the pop up bed sizes were important because of or son (at 14 our son was on his way to being a giant...6'3" - he's 18 now an almost 6'9"). The last couple of years he has not wanted to camp with us or if we made him go he made life miserable. We now have our new TT (that we didn't worry about a bed size for him) and he wants to go! WTF!! He will be joining us but pitching a tent ;-).
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:33 AM   #54
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Wild and Wasted

After the last kid moved out we bought a little 13ft Aliner Twist and did some traveling and camping. Recently we moved up to a 21FBRS Microlite and looked forward to just the two of us adult camping. Then my brother bought a TT, my daughter's family bought a TT, and the my sister's family bought a Class A. We spent our whole camping season encamped with extended family; crying babies, snottey nosed little ones, with all the kid trappings. We do love our families, BUT....

NOT AGAIN! NOT THIS YEAR! All our planned camping destinations are 1000 miles from our families. No kids, no kid junk, no kid food. Remote campsites deep in the woods, hopefully no where near families with kids!

DW teaches at the university, is involved in church, is a petite and quiet little grandmother, and friendly to all. But she said plans to get "totally wasted" and get a little "wild" on our outings this coming season.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:17 PM   #55
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Empty Nest Syndrome

We too spent our entire lives camping as a family. From the back of a pickup when we could not even afford a good tent through the tent and pup years. Giving our kids the gift of the outdoors and watching them marvel over the simplest of Nature's creatures was awe inspiring. Then came the grandkids. I am completely wrapped up in giving them the same sort of experiences. We camp together as often as everyone can get away. That is becoming less frequent than I care to admit.
All that said, reaching that point where Ma and I can enjoy the company of others our age and really enjoying each other on a more intimate level while camping has brought me to the realization that this is a natural phenomenon. Perhaps this time is where we are supposed to be. While I have come to anticipate those less than frequent camp trips when we can all get together. In fact, Spring Break is only a short few weeks away!! Garner State Park, here we come!!!
I really anticipate those trips where it is just my girl and me. Being a Boomer is not so bad. Meeting up with like minded adults our age is pretty sweet. Enjoy the times with the kids but enjoy your alone time too because in the end, it will be just the two of you more times than not.
Here is to wishing everyone a super great camping season! Giddyup!!
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:04 AM   #56
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Oh we too camped with our two girls. Both in their 20's now don't camp often with us anymore. I remember the first two pop ups and then the class C. Everytime we pulled out of the driveway to go camping we had to watch Ferris Buehler, not one lesson. Camping at Stone Mountain, GA and both girls practically zoomed right past us at high speed going down the "hill" on their bikes. To Ft. Wilderness, our second home, many group trips and just us four. The youngest smacking her bottom lip on a set of stairs at Blizzard Beach and being visited at the Campsite by Mickey, site of the day one Memorial Day and not having to go into the park for the day. The youngest riding without her training wheels for the first time after my best friend and I decided that she didn't need them after several Bahama Mama drinks, giving her a sip and sending her into the bushes. There was a big ceremonial discard of training wheels that she wasn't too sure of. We had a PUP that had been closed for quite some time, opened it up recently and gave it a good cleaning. I instructed the girls (now 21 and 23) that they WOULD be camping with us on Father's Day last year. We did, and it was like a step back in time, except the girls were drinking grown up kool-ade! We laughed, reminisced and laughed some more. We sold the PUP to second generation family members that camped with us. We bought a 29' Puma TT. The oldest daughter got married and for Christmas we gave the newlyweds a tent, sleeping bags and supplies. I'm sure they will go with us still, in their own tent equipped with three rooms, one of them for the younger. I have a sign I hang out with our name, it says, Drinks at four, Dinner at six, Sleeps TWO!
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:10 AM   #57
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It is good to hear people marvel over their camping stories over the years. It sometimes seems the bigger you get with camping equipment the more complicated it gets. We have been campers for a long time starting with tents and moving up through pop-ups, travel trailer and now fifth wheel. Most all of our now 12 children are grown but want to continue camping with us. There have been some great times for the family camping and some wild and funny stories that seem to be brought up when we are all together. Friends and coworkers ask about camping and the costs of it and the camper, tow vehicle and think it is all to much. I just tell them it's like any other hobby. It's where I spend my money. Camping with kids and grandkids are what brought us to where we are today. Sure, the wife and i have talked about going camping alone just the two of us, but a couple of years ago a drunk driver caused the death of our 19 year old daughter. We now have a 3 year old and 5 year old to raise. So we will continue to camp as a family and enjoy doing it. For those that don't want to be around kids and families just don't go to the places where there are an abundance of activities that draw families there. Enjoy the relaxing down time. Happy Camping
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:07 AM   #58
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Our family vacations aren't with just out own kids, we usually end up with a couple extras to the point I have to arrange alternate transportation for everyone to get where we are going. I have a waiting list for Ft wilderness for spring break. At this point I may have to fly a couple of them down.
You sound like us. We also end up with other peoples kids and sometimes whole families with us. Some people can't get vacations through the summer and have to work leaving their kids at home. We end up taking an extra 3-4 with us.
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:45 PM   #59
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It's starting to get a little warmer here in the Northeast. Almost time to get ready to get ready for some adult camping
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:13 PM   #60
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I love camping with just my wife. Being two hours by car from our closest grandchild I enjoy every time they come to visit. It's all good.

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